A routine call to investigate an open garage door led authorities to discover a marijuana grow containing 550 pot plants Monday in Adelanto, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.
The deputy who responded to the 9:50 a.m. call for the garage door in the 11000 block of Everest Street found items normally used to cultivate marijuana indoors, a sheriff’s news release said.
Deputies called in the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, which served a search warrant on the property. The team found 550 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, the release said, as well as several pounds of processed marijuana.
No suspects were identified, the release said.
The marijuana-growing operation used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and an air-filtering system to control the climate inside the residence — as well as the odor of marijuana, the release said. The unit also discovered that modifications were made to the residence’s wiring to support an indoor grow.
There was also evidence of extreme water damage to the residence, which the release said could have been caused by an electrical short that caused an explosion or a fire, the release said.
The investigation is ongoing and attempting to identify any suspects responsible for the grow, the release said. Officials are also seeking to contact the property owner.
Authorities ask that anyone with information on the incident to call the Sheriff’s Department at 909-387-8400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or visit www.wetip.com.